Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes – 21/11/2018 – Game Day Preview and Recap

Time: Tuesday, Novemeber 21th, 2018

Toronto: 15-5-0 for 30 points

Carolina: 9-8-3 for 21pts

The Toronto Maple Leafs head back out on the road where they’ve been phenomenal and take on the youthful Carolina Hurricanes. Interesting note here has been the rumors of Nylander to Carolina have been running rampant through media sources. So tonight will be interesting to see how well the Carolina defenders play tonight against the Leafs extremely potent offence.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner – 28 points (6 goals 22 assists)

Morgan Rielly – 26 points (9 goals 17 assists)

John Tavares – 25 points (13 goals 12 assists) 48% on face-offs

Auston Matthews – 16 points (10 goals 6 assists) 53% on Face-off


Sebastien Aho –23 points (6 goals 17 assists)

Teuvo Teravainen– 16 points (4 goal 12 assists)

Michael Ferland – 14 points (10 goal 4 assists)

Justin Williams– 12 points (2 goal 10 assists)

Frederik Andersen

12-5-0 2.08GAA .935SV%

Curtis McElhinney

4-2 2.51GAA .903SV%

Probable Lineups:


Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Kasperi Kapanen – Nazem Kadri– Patrick Marleau

Tyler Ennis – Pars Lindholm – Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo

Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks
Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Auston Matthews (Shoulder)

Suspension: None


Michael Ferland– Sebastein Aho – Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn– Jordan Staal – Justin Williams

Jordan Martinook– Lucas Wallmark– Andrei Svechnikov

Warren Foegele – Victor Rask – Phil Di Giuseppe


Jaccob Slavin – Dougie Hamilton

Calvin De Haan– Justin Faulk

Hayden Fleury– Trevor Van Riemsdyk


Curtis McElhinney

Scott Darling
Scratched: None

Injuries: Brett Pesce (Leg), Petr Mrazek (Upper Body)

Suspension: None


Keys to Winning against Carolina:

  1. Make good decisions
    1. Carolina is a young team with some speed and a chip on their shoulder. If you think you can railroad them you will lose. Make good passes, be strong in the neutral zone and respect the ability of some of their young guns.
  2. Get in McElhinney’s head
    1. While I’m very happy for McElhinney, we can’t allow him to get into a groove. Because as Leafs have seen first hand where Mac gets going this could become a very long game for Leafs shooters.
  3. Puck Possession
    1. Make Carolina work hard to get the puck. Don’t give them any easy shots.

Game Day Lineups:

First Period:

Carolina Goal – 10:56 – Trevor Van Riemsdyk (1) Unassisted

Carolina Goal – 11:18 – Justin Williams (3) assisted by Calvin De Haan (2) and Jordan Staal (5)

Toronto Goal – 15:30 – John Tavares (13) Unassisted

End of 1st – TOR – 1     CAR – 2

Shots              11                29

Faceoffs         10/20         10/20

Hits               11                  14

PP                 0/0              0/0


Terrible period for the Leafs. They looked slow and taking Carolina for granted.

Need to Do:

Gotta get the legs moving or else this game is just going to be a run away by Carolina

Second Period:

Carolina Penalty –6:12 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for Interference

Carolina Penalty –12:41 – Jordan Staal 2 minutes for Interference

End of 2nd –TOR– 1      CAR – 2

Shots               23                     31

Faceoffs          22/40            18/40

Hits                 14                      23

PP                   0/2                  0/0


Leafsgot their legs moving and got the puck in the Hurricanes zone and caused a lot of ruckus.

Need to Do:

Keep being aggressive and attacking. Puck Possession will be the only thing that gets the next goal in the game to tie it up.

Third Period:     

Toronto Penalty – 6:58 – Andreas Johnsson 2 minutes for Tripping

Carolina PP Goal – 07:45 – Michael Ferland (11) from Teuvo Teravainen (13)

Carolina Penalty – 10:57 – Jordan Staal 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike

Toronto Penalty – 10:57 – Zach Hyman 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike

Toronto Goal – 11:57 –Kasperi Kapanen (9) from Travis Dermott (4)

Carolina EN Goal – 18:42 –Sebastian Aho(7) from Jordan Staal (6)

Carolina EN Goal – 19:22 – Andrei Svechnikov (5) from Lucas Wallmark (5) and Jordan Martinook (3)


End of 3rd –TOR – 2           CAR– 5

Shots             32                      45

Faceoffs        36/64             28/64

Hits               22                     32

PP                 0/2                    1/1


Andersen was the only player showed up consistently tonight and it showed  in almost every facet of the game. Tough loss against a team the Leafs should beat.

Next Up:

Toronto (15-6-0 30pts) @ Columbus (12-7-2 26pts)

Florida (8-7-3 19pts) @ Carolina (10-8-3 23pts)


You can watch TXHT Live this Wednesday at 8p EST on both Twitch and Facebook Live.


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